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HaandBryggeriet
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Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnnyP3 on 10-15-2010

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74
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3.93
pDev:
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 74
Photo of scruffwhor
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice tan head of three fingers and a thick layer of foam that lasts through all 650ml's. The color is a super dark brownie brown to black. I can barely see a few bubbles rising to the top.

Only a little smoke aroma enters the nostrils compared to what I expeceted. The aroma is a very strong malt bill of super toasted and roasted malts. Imparting medium chocolate and coffee aromas with some smokey cream.

The taste starts with a smokey caramel and coffee. Then the middle unloads more of the Bamberg smoked malts, but you also get some chocolate flavors as well. The finish is a slightly gritty and well carbonated palate with smokey rye bread crust, and maybe just a hint of bacon and wood. This is a great smoke beer. Probably on the top tier of smoked beers that I can enjoy and would buy again.

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Photo of raverjames
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. The smoke is present in the taste and aroma, without being overpowering. There is a nice malty sweetness in the background. I get a load of peat and almost a hint of bacon. I am not big into smoked beers, but I love this one. I could drink a pint of this easily.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My wife picked up a Sculpin and I wanted a sexy beer for the night too.

Large tan head springs forth from a dark brown beer. Ruby highlights. Batch #273. Last sip looks as good as the first.

Intensely smoky aroma. A little meaty like beef soaked in a dark marinade. Worcestershire. Mild wheaty twang and light brown turbinado, tamarind sweetness.

As smoky as it smells. Smoke hits the palette 1st but rolls into a carmelized glaze reduction. Long, lingering smoke mouth aftertaste.

Smoke is good.

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Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dirty brown colour with a small, tan head. Fair head retention.

Smoky, dark, roasty and smelling delicious. There is a touch of fruit in the background. Very good.

Smooth, malty, sweet and delicious. Great balance. A little earthy with plenty of smoke. A touch fruity.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent beer with lots of flavour. Really nice. The smopke is well balanced and there are some fine esters in there.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a brownish color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was an inch of creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Naturally, the smoked malt dominated the aroma, but also had some traces of hops and barley.

T: Tasted of smoked malt (of course), barley, and and a tinge of hops in the finish. The smokiness wasn't nearly as overpowering as with some other smoked beers (Aecht, for example), but was still pretty tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A well made, solid, drinkable beer.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brown colored body with amber tint. Tan head has great retention and lacing. Everything one could ask for...

S - Smoked malts all over this one. Have you had anything from Heller Trum? Then you know the basic smell. Two major differences are the presence of the Amarillo hop, which gives the aroma a slight sweet citrus quality, and what smells like some chocolate malt.

T - Much more assertive chocolate malt flavor than aroma in this beer. As the beer sits in the mouth a bit the smoke become much more present, By the swallow, the smoke really takes over the palate. The finish contains a good balance of lingering chocolate malt, hop spice, Bamburg smoke, and a slight, crisp mineral presence.

M - Like most products from Haandbryggeriet, the body is somewhat light for it's strength. This beer features a very silky mouthfeel that is a fantastic contrast to the assertive smokiness.

D - A very impressive Smoked Porter, with a fantastic body that actually helps its drinkability. Don't expect to be beaten over the head with an overabundance of flavors, this beer does have the same understated beauty of other Haandbryggeriet brews I have enjoyed. Really good use of all the ingredients, fantastic balance, no flaws that I can detect. If you like smoke, pick this up.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cardinal in Stavanger, Norway. This beer pours with a minimal head and features a rather murky orange-brown color with slightly red hues. Very cloudy and not much in the way of lacing as I drank.

The smell was a treat--mouth-watering smoke with aromas of smoked sausage and bacon. Also some very earthy smells such as peat/tobacco/wood.

The taste of this beer turned out to be rather surprising in a good sense. Upfront, I was greeted with a smoke tour-de-force from the heavy amount of smoked malts used in crafting this beer. I could taste a variety of smoked flavors--smoked meats, a little bit of ash and wood mixed in for good measure. What surprised me, however, was the transition and the finish. Finished quite dry, but the middle was a mixture of dark and winter type fruits, such as plums and stewed pears. This broad range of flavors results in a nice, complex taste and an easier drinking smoked beer for those who may not be accustomed to the style.

Mouthfeel was overall good. A little more thickness/chewiness would have been appreciated, but the body of this smoked beer was overall very pleasing and smooth in my mouth. Not too much in the way of carbonation. Fairly moderate.

Drinkability was excellent. A very easy drinking smoked beer that is by no means overwhelming. A smoked beer fan myself, I found the transition of flavors refreshing and intriguing. Worth a try if available in your area.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into tulip 17/12/12

A doesn't look that dark as it pours out of the bottle but once in the glass its not quite black but quite dark, large 3 finger mocha foam sits around for a few sips leaving a single ring of lace

S the smoke is there but not over the top, some smoked spiced apple with some faint hops, a little nutty toffee and milk chocolate, not quite funky but the yeast profile is unfamiliar to me but I like it.

T the fruity, smokey notes are interesting and again mellow smoke works well with the chocolate, tastes solid but the nose had more complexity and intensity

M not as thick as you expect from the color but easy to drink not being as heavy, carbonation's almost foamy but not quite, a little slick after the fact with a lingering smoked chocolate aftertaste

O I rather liked this one, a nice smoked brew. The smoke is mellow allowing other aspects to play a part and no booze at any point, I could drink another

I'm pretty happy with this brewery and my ability to buy it in my home town, well worth trying and looking for if your a smoked malt fan

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Farmers' Cabinet in a tulip.

A: The ale is dark a full brown hue; quite opaque. A half a finger of head insulated the ale, leaving no lace behind.

S: The smokiness is pronounced, immediately evident. The smokehouse aroma, full, sets the stage for the ale. The addition of a wheat beer yeast adds some sweetness amongst the darkness.

T: More smoke, not as intense as a Bamberger but pretty darn full. The smoke masks the darker flavors, chocolate and caramel, but also props it up. The wheat strain adds an estery profile, unusual but it does stand out against the smoke. The subtle smoke, again this isn't a Bamberger, is very flavorful. A surprisingly good smoked beer.

M: The smoke is chewy, meaty and a stand-out. It coats the tastebuds with a rich flavor that isn't too heavy. The darker malts, yeast strain and smoke all work nicely together.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Batch # 273
Total Bottles Produced: 1080

A: Pours a dark Coca-Cola brown (almost black) with lighter highlights at the edges when held to the light. A light khaki colored head reaches about two fingers thick before settling down to a 1/4 finger wafer of sticky cream. Carbonation is surprisingly apparent and lace is spotty and specky.

S: Very nice smoky aroma. Smoked ham, campfire, dark chocolate, cherry, and cola. Peaty.

T: Rauch malt takes centerstage. I couldn't really detect much of the advertised Amarillo hops. Delicious mix of smoke and chocolate.

M: Slick and oily without being too heavy. Sticks to the tongue and features a bit of a peppery prickle at the tail end of the finish.

D: Lately I've been craving smoky/smoked beers and this fit the bill quite nicely. Earthy and smoky without being "forced". Rich and satisfying without being too filling. Excellent.

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Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark murky kola hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a creamy,frothy two finger head that stays and leaves heaps of lacing all over the shop,the smell is a combination of smokey bacon,roasted malts,chichory,light liquorice and a tinge of herbal hops,it has a medium bodied well carbonated mouthfeel which coats the mouth with smokey bacon,toasted marshmallows,chichory,beef jerky and finishes with a herbal hoppy bitterness and overall very nice and would drink again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #273, 1080 bottles.

Huge peat smoke in this, it's nearly medicinal. Beechwood smoke, barley, earth. Very dark, smoky brown/black with a tan head of foam. Spotty lace here and there. A soft gradation of foam maintains itself across the surface.

Campfire, charred wood, not approaching "meaty" at all. Peat smoke rarely takes on that quality, in my experience. Rich smoky malts, sweet tobacco, hefty woody flavors. Long dry aftertaste of wood smoke. No trace of the Amarillo hops on the label though. Malt sweetness is present and it's not overly dry.

Body is light, especially for a smoked beer, and easy to drink. Carbonation is light, and i'd never guess 8% for this ale.

Paired well with some smoked WI goat cheese, both found at Groppi Foods in Milwaukee.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Last one on the shelf at Wilbur's in Ft. Collins, around $8. Batch #273, Total Bottles Produced: 1080. Appears to be a label stuck on top of another label. Interesting. Into a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Dark brown in color with a sand colored head right at a quarter of an inch thick that has receded to a small cap of bubbles with a few spots of lacing. Some decent red highlights when held to the light.

S: Decent amount of smoked malts, not a bacon bomb by any means but still a decent amount of smoke in this one. Behind the smoke is a bit of a bit of burnt malt, some slightly caramel like smells and some yeast esters.

T: Follows the nose nicely, just the right amount of smoke to let you know there is smoke, but doesn't punch your tongue like an Aecht Schlenkerla rauchbier. Some dark fruit sweetness and a slightly phenolic, estery yeast profile as well. Interesting mix of smoke and fruit. Nice bitterness on the finish to tie everything together. Really nice.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied, and surprisingly sweet and sticky, I figured this would be a little bit drier. Works well for this beer though.

O: This is a pretty nice smoked beer, nothing ground breaking but a well done, not overly smokey beer. Doesn't have the liquid bacon/ham that others are known for, but has just enough to make you notice. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a big mocha head.

S: Smoke, licorice, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, a bit of smoke, some coffee. Pretty good. Almost a bit tart. Maybe some lemon.

M: Full bodied and kind of smooth.

O: If you like smoky scotchy stouts, I definitely recommend this beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this beer. Always happy to try a new smoked beer.

The beer pours a medium to dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very smokey. It reminds me of fresh smoked brisket, with a lot of meaty smoke notes and a little bit of roasted malt. The flavor has some great smoked chocolate notes, as well as some roasted malt. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Nice dark brown pour, light tan head. Retains well enough.

Aroma, malt heavy, bready caramel. Some toasted malt, lesser smoke.

Taste has the malty caramel, some pumpernickel, peat and chocolates. Smoked malt is mostly there mid through finish. The smoked meat lingers nicely. Would prefer the smoke to be more in your face, this is quite well balanced.

About mid bodied with a good level of carbonation. No alcohol to speak of though a little higher in content than some.

Another fine brew from Mr. Haand.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at ChurchKey into a snifter.

Has a very nice dark red cherry/brown body that is clear. A small light brown collar with rising carbonation. Head slowly disappears, resembling almost wine in a glass.

Smell is beechwood smoke and very campfire like. No sense of salt or jerky but that's about it. Heats of whispy smoke air feeling too.

Taste has a somewhat malt balance with minor smoke, feel is quite nice as well even slightly hinting at a bitter sense on the finish. Smoke sense is more on the nose than in the taste making this a very enjoyable beer.

Overall pretty solid all around. A good not so jaring smokey beer for people who might want to try one for the first time.

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Photo of DaveHS
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy mahogany with 3/4 inch of milky coffee colored head. Leaves rings of soapy lacing.

S-Rauchbier smokiness, gouda, peanut shells. Seriously, peanut shells.

T/M-Smooth, medium bodied, moderate to low carbonation. Very well balanced smokiness, burnt pretzels, light coffee roastiness.

D-Not as bold as I like in therms of the smoke, but a well put together beer.

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Photo of nezelrac
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 273, bottled 12/5/10
(from notes, this beer was just over a year old when I tasted it)

A - dark brown with tan creamy head; moderate retention; good lacing

S - big sweet malt attack immediately followed by wodsmoke and smoked meat; very engaging plum and roasted and chocolate malt notes; English-smelling hops peek out on top

T - smoked meat; caramel; roasted malt; tastes in between a smoked porter and a smoked dunkler bock - actually a bit stout-ish

M - medium-full; moderate/low CO2; sweet malt weight

O - quite a good beer; full of flavor without being tiring (though it is not entirely easy drinking!)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. What? Where there's smoke, there's fire, or so I've always been taught. Do things work differently in the land of fjords? What sayeth Slartibartfast of Magrathea on the matter?

This beer pours a murky, dark dirty brownish amber colour (this conveys smoke rather well, thank you very much, left brain!), with three fingers of puffy, foamy, and shiny ecru head, which leaves some crudely broad caricatures of arched lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of moderately smoky (somewhat seaside oriented in its bearing), bready, and salted caramel malt, a soft, singed generic orchard fruitiness, some understated nutty milk chocolate, and weirdly funky and herbal hops. The taste is rather cocoa-heavy at the outset, the smoke saving its focus for the late arriving caramelized toffee malt, some persistent, if still underwhelming apple and pear fruit esters, persistently prickly earthy, leafy hops, and a slightly warming, swirling alcohol edge.

The carbonation is average, if just a bit more slavish to the frothing, effervescent manner, the body a steady medium weight, and smooth in a battlefield sense - calm now, sure - but what to expect right around the corner? It finishes off-dry, as the chocolate maltiness, lingering burnt fruit, and still unloved caramel notes combine to hold the persistent smoke at bay.

A decent smoked beer, a league or two more palatable than the last similar offering from this particular nation (I'm looking straight at you, Nøgne Ø). The key seems to be the integration, because while it is indeed smoky, we're led to perceive this as a sub-attribute of whatever typical beer meme we're currently sussing out, rather than as an overarching component of the whole. As wanky as that was, it's true, and a straight-up compliment to the brewer.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer is very hazy and dark brownish amber in color. When holding the glass close to a bright light, a low amount of carbonation is visible. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a small head covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of smoke in the nose along with some notes of dark fruits and hints of burnt malts.
T: Similar to the smell, smoky flavors dominate the taste of this beer, although these are not overpowering in any way.
M: The wheat makes this feel a bit more than light-bodied and smooth on the palate; it also has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The light-bodied nature of this beer would make it not as daunting to drink for someone unfamiliar to the style. There’s a high amount of carbonation in the bottle so it requires a careful pour or else you will get lots of head and no beer in your glass. No alcohol is perceptible in the taste.

Note: Batch #426

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked malt with some caramel malt notes. Taste is good mix between some smoked malt with light smoked fish notes and some caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Solid offering with great balanced taste of smoked malt and bacon and smoked fish.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

My last bit o' smoked goodness for a bit (stupid lack of unlimited funds...), but some good stuff recently. This capstone pours a murky garnet-auburn topped by over a finger of dirty tan foam. The nose comprises charred wood, toffee, toasted biscuits, and a small amount of pine sap. The taste brings in more of the same, with the toffee and smoke intertwining nicely, behaving themselves the whole time. Some mandarin oranges somehow sneak their way into the proceedings. Oddly enough, the smoke really doesn't dominate as I expected... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly oily, slightly dry feel (man, has my tongue been worked-over a bit here...). Overall, a very nice smoke-based brew, but one that could, somehow, stand to have a bit more smoke involved. Still, another nicely-crafted piece from the Haand boys.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an intense beer and glad to not see it in a 750ml bottle.

I'm going to call its color black, because it's darn dark. Huge off tan head, spotty lacing, thick bed of foam as it settles. Yum!

Aroma has smoke for sure. A bit of peatiness that is a bit astringent but works well in the nose. Dark roasted malt, just shy of chocolate. Leather and hints of old wood

Flavor takes a dip a bit. The peatiness comes on heavy here. Not quite cloying but close. It has a sharpness that makes the smoke lose character a bit. Almost like charred grain...almost. But the smoke is darn good. Dark caramel, baked in leather wraps. Some earthy spice.

The feel is a bit much. It's not smooth. The peat or something gives it tannins that overpower the flavor. I'd like to enjoy the smoke and malt, but not be reminded of the feel...if that makes sense.

Still, a great beer. Probably best with burnt ends brisket. Mmmm...

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Photo of osusullins
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled a bottle poured into a tulip glass.
The beer poured a dark brown with a soft, white head that slowly dissolves. The aroma is of dark fruit with subtle smoke and slight chocolate. Strong estery taste with the dark fruit very pronounced up front followed by chocolate with the smoke lingering on the back end of the beer. This beer has less smoke than another of Haandbryggeriet's beers (Norwegian Wood) which did disappoint me. I would like the smoke to be more prevelant, but this was still a very nice, drinkable beer. I enjoyed it, but like Norwegian Wood better.

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